College of the Atlantic Top Questions

What is the stereotype of students at your school?


Most visiting students who haven't done extensive research about the college think we are a marine biology school, or that we operate as some sort of a hippie commune. In late spring and early fall the campus resembles a summer camp, and before heavy work sets in students are always lounging about on fields, participating in drum circles, and playing games of frisbee. It looks all too easy.


COA has the aura of a science school with an emphasis on sustainability. While this is true to an extent not all of us here are focused on environmentally friendly alternatives. We are not pot smoking, tree hugging hippies. All students study marine biology because we are on the ocean and we all love the outdoors because we live across from a national park.